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New head of UN Climate talks welcome

The Australian Greens today welcomed the appointment of a respected representative of a leading developing nation as Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention of Climate Change.

Costa Rica's Christiana Figueres will bring to the negotiations the fresh perspective of a developing nation which has been a leader in environmental protection

"At this critical stage of global climate talks, it is particularly important to have a representative of a developing country at the helm," said Australian Greens Deputy Leader, Senator Christine Milne.

"Christiana Figueres has a huge challenge ahead of her to help build trust between developed and developing countries and drive the negotiations into line with the increasingly urgent warnings of scientists.

"She is very well placed to guide the climate talks at this critical juncture and I wish her well.

"Costa Rica has long been a global leader in biodiversity conservation, has invested heavily in education and has among the highest levels of literacy in Latin America.

"The long dedication and expert work of outgoing Executive Secretary, Yvo de Boer, should be saluted and remembered."

Senator Milne has attended International Climate Negotiations over many years, both representing the Australian Greens and as Global Vice President of the IUCN World Conservation Union.

The announcement of Christiana Figueres' appointment can be found here:

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